Thursday, 10 March 2022

Believe it or not, if not saved, Satan is your master

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andre@simplicityinthegospel.com

"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved," Romans 10:9


To become a Christian, that is easy, First & Final Step...all you need to do is to Believe. Repent, and Confess.  This is why and how.

Christ resurrected is the gospel. Our resurrection is our blessed hope. To receive the resurrection of an incorruptible body for eternity is easy. Believe that Jesus is Christ, the Son of God, who paid for our sins. We must repent, which is admitting that we are sinners and ACCEPT Jesus AS OUR SAVIOR and LORD. Moreover, we must confess from our mouth that Jesus is Lord



To become a Christian is to accept Jesus as Christ.  Christ means the Anointed One (Messiah), messiah means the Promised One.  The Promised One is the One that God had to send so that whoever believes in Him has eternal life. (John 3:16), For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  


Why should we believe in His Son Jesus?  Because He is the one that took away the penalty of sins in our place, that function is one of a redeemer, (Gal 3:13).  A redeemer is a relative of the family that has the right to buy back a property that a family member has lost, (Romans 5:19).  Adam has lost ownership of the dominion on earth.  He lost it to Satan.  He lost it by disobeying God.  Adam disobeyed by eating the fruit that God had forbidden to eat.  The human race has since suffered the consequences of Adam's disobedience
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The consequences of his disobedience also included a change of mastership.  We are no longer sons of God but sons of disobedience, (Ephesians 2:2).  Satan is now our master.  In addition, since Satan's destiny is to be separated from God for eternity in the lake of fire, the sons of disobedience have the same destiny.  Jesus loved us so much and in as much as God does, that He would take our death sentence in exchange for His life.  Therefore, whoever believes in Him is reinstated in the family of God.  

Jesus lived a sinless life, death could not keep Him prisoner, (Acts 2:24).  




Jesus' blood did not only pay the penalty of our sins but resurrected us with Him, therefore, He reinstated us in the family of God.  Not only are we reinstated, but He also appointed us to reign with Him, (2 Timothy 2:12).  He is sharing His inheritance with us, (Ephesians 1:11).  There is only one catch…we are to accept Him, we are to believe that He is the One that paid for our sins, our disobedience.  That simple.  Just Believe, (John 6:29).  All sins from the beginning of time to the end of time had been forgiven, paid for everybody from Adam to the last born human.


Satan knows that his time is short.  His destiny in eternal fire is at hand.  With fury and vengeance, he wants to bring as many victims with him. Deceiving by lying is his greatest weapon, (Eph6:12).  THEY MUST NOT BELIEVE…is his motto.


Jesus is God, (John 1:1-5).  Jesus came out of God to take the form of a man.  Jesus will keep that form forever.  He will never be like God the Father is.  Jesus still bears the scars on His hands, side, back, and forehead.  These scares will be with Him for eternity to remind us of the price He paid to redeem us.

Take it or leave it, if not saved, Satan is your master; your destiny is to be with him for eternity in the lake of fire.  You cannot be sitting on the fence, (Matthew 6:24).  It is your choice.  Chose eternal life with Jesus…it is that simple.  BELIEVE.  Jesus did all the works. 


"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved," (Romans 10:9) NKJ


Pray this simple prayer:






If you had prayed this simple prayer, find someone you trust in the Christian community.  Share with him/her that you have accepted Jesus.  They will guide you in your new life with Our Lord.


Jesus loves you







I believe.... therefore, I will live for eternity... no matter what...  "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand," (John 10:29).

"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Romans 8:38-39).


Isaiah 53 - CEB

  1. Who can believe what we have heard, and for whose sake has the Lord’s arm been revealed?
  2. He grew up like a young plant before us, like a root from dry ground. He possessed no splendid form for us to see, no desirable appearance.
  3. He was despised and avoided by others; a man who suffered, who knew sickness well. Like someone from whom people hid their faces, he was despised, and we didn’t think about him.
  4. It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented.
  5. He was pierced because of our rebellions and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed.
  6. Like sheep we had all wandered away, each going its own way, but the Lord let fall on him all our crimes.
  7. He was oppressed and tormented, but didn’t open his mouth. Like a lamb being brought to slaughter, like a ewe silent before her shearers, he didn’t open his mouth.
  8. Due to an unjust ruling he was taken away, and his fate—who will think about it? He was eliminated from the land of the living, struck dead because of my people’s rebellion.
  9. His grave was among the wicked, his tomb with evildoers, though he had done no violence, and had spoken nothing false.
  10. But the Lord wanted to crush him and to make him suffer. If his life is offered[d] as restitution, he will see his offspring; he will enjoy long life. The Lord’s plans will come to fruition through him.
  11. After his deep anguish he will see light,[e] and he will be satisfied. Through his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant, will make many righteous, and will bear their guilt.
  12. Therefore, I will give him a share with the great, and he will divide the spoil with the strong, in return for exposing his life to death and being numbered with rebels, though he carried the sin of many and pleaded on behalf of those who rebelled.


When Did I Receive The Gift of Eternal Life?

When I Believed

The Reward Is Eternal
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:42
In this commentary, I will share with you my personal life experience it took to become born again and consequently received the “free” gift of eternal life. Here are the sequences of events that took place in my life that brought me to understand the simplicity in the gospel.

My parents raised me in the Roman Catholic faith. I attended a catholic school. I was an altar boy, regularly scheduled to assist the priest serving mass. It was all in Latin then. There were a lot of rituals, lots of ceremonies and strict observances. On each first Friday of the month, a priest would come to school to receive confession and then we would go to church service at 11 am. The month of May was specially consecrated to Mary, Jesus’ mother in daily prayers by reciting the rosary kneeled in front of her statue holding baby Jesus and the same time crushing the head of a serpent with her heal.   Lent was a special time where we give up something, mostly sweet for forty days. Was it then that I received the gift of eternal life? If I would have died then as a good catholic, would I've received eternal life? After all, I burned candles for those who are stuck in purgatory and I confessed my sins regularly. No. I would have gone to hell. God forbids us to pray to the dead to intercede on our behalf. Only Jesus is our intercessor. He also forbids calling anyone father. That is reserved to God, the Father only. Jesus instructed us to avoid repetitive prayer and to pray in the privacy of our room.  No, I did not receive the gift of eternal life by following my parent tradition and religious custom of the Roman Catholic Church.

I stopped going to Sunday mass during my mid-teens. I slowly got interested in the New Age trend. I was more interested in girls than in religion. Gradually, I got more involved in the new age movement and proceed to study the paranormal phenomenon. If you want more detail of what is behind this read my commentary on the subject: PARANORMAL PHENOMENA, WHAT REALLY BEHIND THIS?


Paranormal consisted of ESP, clairvoyance, mind over matter, communicating with a guide (angel) and many more. I finished college and got a job. A co-worker was also very involved in the paranormal. Actually, he was so much involved, as for letting a demon take control over him. He would allow it. He informed me that Satan wanted to see me. It is then that I realized who was behind the New Age movement. Satan wanted to use me as he used my co-worker.  It is then that I asked God the Father to protect me. God did protect me. Satan and his demons were unable to enter my body and unable to use me to achieve their agenda.  I eventually quit my job and moved on. Was it then that I received the gift of eternal life? After all, God answered my prayer to protect me from demons. No. If I would have died then I would end up in hell. 


One rainy morning on my way to work, I was driving up a small winding curve on a hill. My car lost control and I was heading toward two young boys who were on their way to school.  My foot was on the brake pedal and unable to stop, I could see their face in fear of my coming. I asked God to take my life in exchange for theirs... immediately the car swerved and crashed on the opposite side of the road in a rocky ditch. The boys were unharmed. My car was totalled.  Was it then that I received the gift of eternal life? After all, I gave my life to God in exchange for the lives of the two young boys. No, I did not receive the gift of eternal life then, either. If I wound had died then I still would have ended up in hell. 

A door-to-door salesman knocked at my door. Without any hesitation, I asked if he had a bible.   That is when I became curious to search for the truth.  In those days it was forbidden to own a bible, especially with the full Old Testament version. A good friend invited me to a weekend retreat.  It was a gathering of young men for the purpose to get to know Jesus. All through the weekend, I've listened to testimonies of how Jesus affected their lives, and how Jesus helped them overcome huge obstacles in their lives. It emotionally moved me. I asked Jesus to come into my life. It changed me, it helped me to reconcile with my father, and express my love to my mother, brother and sister.  Was it then that I received the gift of eternal life? No,  if I would have died then, I would have ended up in hell.  

I got interested in attending and being a part of a Christian denomination. I got involved with the Worldwide Church of God.  To become a member, I had to go to a series of interviews. I was even told that I must stop smoking before being baptized. So I quit smoking, got baptized submerged in water, hands were laid on my head and elders prayed for me. This particular denomination observed the Sabbath day of rest, which was from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.


We also observed all the Jewish feast days, which took part in the Spring and Fall season.  I paid tithe, plus a special tithe set aside for the observance of the Feast of Tabernacle, and every third year a special tithe dedicated for the needy in the church.  I also keep the special dietary ordinance, staying away from eating unclean food as prescribed in the Book of the Law of Moses. It required a lot of discipline to set aside half an hour minimum of prayer in the morning and at bedtime, and one hour of Bible study minimum each day. Surely, at this time you would conclude that I received the gift of eternal life. No. If I would have died then, I would have ended up in hell. 

So, what does it take to receive the "free" gift of eternal life? Is it by going to church every Saturday or Sunday? Is it by giving one's heart to Jesus? Is it by being part of a congregation? Is it by swearing an oath? Is it by keeping the 613 commandments? Is it by sinning no more? Is it by walking down to the front of the congregation stage to accept Jesus as my Lord? Is it by serving in the community? Is it by giving to the poor? Is it by having good conduct and a good reputation? Is it by stopping smoking and drinking? No, none of the above will do. Therefore, what should we do to receive the “free” gift of eternal life?

Some of you would probably argue that God is not that finicky and that He sees the heart. Is God that difficult? It is the opposite; God had made receiving the gift of eternal life so simple and so easy that it makes it hard to see.

What must we do? What is the work that we must do to receive the gift of eternal life? The circumstance in my life made me leave the Worldwide Church of God. I did not attend any other denomination. I took it upon myself to find the truth by reading the Bible and not to take anyone's church version to explain the truth. Something was just not right. There are so many denominations and all claiming to have the truth. Yet, why are Christians divided?  Right there is the sign that something is drastically wrong. I find that they all have some truth mixed up with confusing theology. I had decided to go back to the basics by questioning everything that I was taught.

I started to read the bible again but this time taking it, as is, and by taking Jesus by His word. What makes God's word difficult to understand? We tend to view the Bible from the secular point of view, the world vantage view that is. We conclude that it is too difficult to understand therefore, it is better to leave it to the theologians. 

I came across an important verse that encouraged my research:
 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day," John 6:44.
God definitely was drawing me to His Son Jesus. All these past experiences of God present in my past reveal that He wanted me to understand something very important, and who would guess that it would pertain to the gift of eternal life.

I read many commentaries. I eventually narrowed my sources to three authors: Lambert Dolphin, Ray Stedman, Jack Kelley and recently Andy Woods. They also provided Youtube and MP3 bible study. There is also a young pastor in Ottawa that makes Mp3 bible study available on the Web, his name is Andy Falleur. You will find the link below. They all agree that to receive the "free" gift of eternal life is to ... believe that the Son Of God is Lord and in His resurrection. In all its simplicity, all it takes to receive eternal life is to make a choice to believe in our Lord and King Jesus.
 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” Matthew 11:28-30.
We tend to associate this verse with the problems we face in our life. Yes, Jesus will help us face life’s troubles, but this verse is directed to a Jewish audience. The Jews are burdened by observing all the laws and ordinances described in the Book of Leviticus. The Pharisees and the Sadducees only made matters worse by adding more to the laws. The Jews are the ones Jesus was addressing; hey, I know by experience, I lived it. Working for my salvation, meaning working to receive eternal life is a heavy-laden burden and it is tough labour to keep our salvation. Jesus is explaining to learn from Him, meaning to take Him by His word and you will find rest, which in turn means to stop working. Take the example of God who rests on the seven days, His stopped creating, He stopped working.

What is Jesus' yoke that is so easy, what is Jesus' burden that is so light?  It is to BELIEVE. Is it that simple? To believe in what? Believe that He is the one that did all the work so that you may receive eternal life and He is the one responsible to see that you keep it.
 "And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand," John 10:28.
In addition, if that did not convince you, this verse should:
 "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand," John 10:29
Take the example of Naaman, commander of the king of Syria’s army found in the Book of 2 Kings Chapter 5.  He had leprosy. He heard from a young Jewish girl servant of his wife that, there was a prophet in Samaria named Elisha that could heal him. He brought it to the attention of his king. His king told him to go seek the prophet, get healed, and bring with him silver, gold and clothing. Therefore, Naaman did so. When he got to Elisha's house, Elisha sent his servant to meet Naaman at the door to give instructions to wash in the Jordan River seven times. 


Naaman was furious that Elisha did not make a special ritual and prayer to heal him. He left, fuming. However, one of Naaman's servants asked him, "Would you not follow Elisha's instruction if he would ask you to do something great to show that you are worthy to receive healing?  But, instead, he asked you to do something simple as to dip seven times in the Jordan River." This convinced Naaman so he followed Elisha's instructions to find his flesh restored like the flesh of a little child.

Naaman was very happy and wanted to reward Elisha with silver, gold and clothing. Elisha refused to receive anything. The purpose of God's healing to Naaman an enemy of Israel was to prove that there is no other God on all the earth except in Israel.

Are we not all like Naaman? We refused to consider that the gift of eternal life is so simple to receive. Moreover, there is nothing we can do or give to keep it? Therefore, why are you persisting to disobey His instruction to believe in His Son who did it all for us and promised that nothing will ever take it away? Recognize God's mercy and grace and testify that there is no other God on all the earth except in Israel and His name is Jesus.
 “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19

 

By Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone!
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Word of advice...when in doubt, take Jesus by His word.

c u @ d rapture... soon

“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." Revelation 22:12

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

The Reward Is Eternal

Andy Woods - https://www.youtube.com/user/kristuskommt/playlists
Lambert Dolphin - http://www.ldolphin.org/



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